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The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked 

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List Rules Vote up the top thrillers set in the cold, snowy winter.

Frigid temperatures and icy conditions add to the intensity of great thrillers set in the winter. The best snowy thriller movies feature characters fighting the elements as they attempt to save their own lives. This is a list of the top thrillers set in winter, including everything from The Day After Tomorrow to 30 Days of Night to Snowpiercer.

What films will you find on this list of wintery action movies? The nerve-rattling finale of The Shining, set in snow in the middle of a labyrinth, is an unforgettable icy sequence. Fargo is another great movie set in the winter, when the snow can't quite cover up the traces of murder. The Thing is one of the most suspenseful films ever produced, thanks in part to its desolate, frozen setting in an Antarctic research base. Other movies featured on this best snowy thriller films list include The Grey, Hanna, and Murder on the Orient Express.

Do you have a favorite thriller set in the snow? Bundle up and get ready to vote your personal picks up towards the top of the list.

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter
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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand
Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Ben Foster
For centuries, vampires have stayed in the dark, forced to hide each morning or else be destroyed by the burning power of the sun. But in Columbia Pictures' 30 Days of Night, based on the ...more

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The Grey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
The Grey is a 2011 American survival thriller co-written, produced and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney. It is based on the short story ...more

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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. A new ...more

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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal
Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Kane Hodder
Frozen is a 2010 American thriller written and directed by Adam Green and starring Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore and Kevin Zegers.

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The Day After Tomorrow ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid
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Hold the Dark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Bloor
Hold the Dark is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier, based on the novel by William Giraldi. After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell ...more

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner
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Murder on the Orient Exp... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall
This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

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Alive is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas
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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan
Hanna is a 2011 action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of ...more

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Tommy Flanagan
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Dead Snow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Sundquist, Vegar Hoel
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Transsiberian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kate Mara, Woody Harrelson, Ben Kingsley
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Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis
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Whiteout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kate Beckinsale, Alex O'Loughlin, Gabriel Macht
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The Lodge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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The Thing from Another W... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman
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A Simple Plan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda
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The Last Winter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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Connie Britton, Ron Perlman, Kevin Corrigan
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